TCMEDIA began as an informal study group, the Capital Area Community Television Association (CACTA), in the fall of 1982 and was incorporated in January, 1984 as a nonprofit corporation. In 1986, CACTA became Thurston Community Television (TCTV). Olympia granted a new cable television franchise to Comcast Cable of Washington in 1985 requiring the company to provide channel space, production equipment, and other services to support the development of community access television.
TCTV then signed service contracts with Olympia, Lacey and Thurston County to manage public access and help develop educational and governmental access programming. The local governments provided operating funds to TCTV. TCTV chose a membership-based structure to increase user accountability, demonstrate commitment to the principals of cable access, and help defray operating expenses. In 2016, recognizing the changes in television tecnology and distribution platforms, Thurston Community Television registered a new tradename and became Thurston Community Media (TCMedia).
TCMedia wants to make programming that reflects the interests and serves the needs of every segment of the community available to viewers of our cable channels and our internet streaming platforms. TCMedia is unequivocally committed to the expression of lawful free speech. Our responsibility is to assist, to the best of our abilities, all residents, nonprofit organizations, schools, and local government agencies in Thurston County in the production of their programs.
We will encourage high technical quality, while realizing that the content of the programs is the responsibility of the producers. We hope that this will lead to entertaining, diverse, informative, challenging, and interesting media that, in the aggregate, will appeal to a wide spectrum of the greater community.